Correctional Officer Opens Fire

 

News: A Corrections officer from the Colorado Department of  Corrections, fired his gun during a weekend melee at Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and multiple others injured. The Correctional Officer was with his buddies riding with mostly off-duty law enforcement officers when members of the notorious outlaw biker gang knows as the Mongols started harassing the group the Correctional Officer was riding with. The two biker groups on Sunday blamed each other for inciting the violence. Three of the wounded were hit by gunfire. Another person was stabbed and three others suffered injuries from a fistfight, police said. It all started when members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, made up of predominantly police and military, were jumped by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, said John C. Whitfield, an attorney representing Iron Order and a member himself.

But Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs, who represents the Mongols, said it was Iron Order members who instigated the alcohol-fueled brawl by taunting them into an argument that led to the deadly shooting of a Mongols member. “None of the Mongols involved in the altercation had a gun, not even one of them,” Stubbs told The Associated Press, however, Stubbs was not at the event.  Another club member was among the injured, he said. The corrections officer fired in self-defense, Whitfield said. He would not say whether he fired the fatal shot. Prisons spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson confirmed an employee was involved in the shooting but would not identify him due to officer safety reasons.  No arrests were made  as of Sunday night, Whitfield said. Whitfield said one Iron Order member was shot, another stabbed and a third beaten. Because multiple law enforcement officers were involved as witnesses or victims each individual department will likely conduct their own investigation in to the matter.

“We don’t have any issue with the Mongols,” he said. Denver police have refused to release details about what happened or identify the clubs involved. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said she wasn’t aware of any arrests as of Sunday night, and detectives were trying to identify more than one shooter. Denver Health Medical Center, where the injured were being treated, said three patients remained in critical condition and three in stable condition Sunday. The violence put new focus on Iron Order, made up mostly of police officers and military personnel, and the Mongols, recognized by law enforcement as a highly-organized criminal gang. Members of the Mongols in Denver were charged with drug trafficking, firearms violations, witness tampering and other crimes during a nationwide racketeering investigation involving the group in 2008, so their history of crime is a merely a pattern.  Although, no charges have been filed as of yet we will eventually find out more and will report any information we come across.  It should be noted the correctional officer involved in the off-duty shooting is actually a A Colorado State Correctional Officer, who possess peace officer status on or off-duty and is permitted to carry a firearm for the protection of his own life but the lives of others.

 

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